Composer & Educator
WELCOME to the website of music educator and composer, Dr. Scott Watson.
Dr. Scott Watson has taught instrumental and elective music in the Parkland School District (Allentown, PA) for more than 30 years and serves as adjunct professor for Cairn University, University of the Arts and Moravian College, as well as for Central Connecticut State University's Summer Music Institute.
He is a frequently commissioned composer with approximately 90 published pieces for band and strings at all levels. His music has received recognition from the American Composer's Forum, American Music Center, Phi MU Alpha Sinfonia (among others), and been performed at venues around the world, including the Academy of Music (Philadelphia), the Midwest Clinic (Chicago) and the White House (Washington, D.C.). Watson is an exclusive composer for Alfred Publications, a contributor to the Sound Innovations concert band series, and an Alfred Clinician.
Watson has presented numerous workshops/clinics for music educators around the U.S. and in Australia and Canada, frequently serves as guest conductor for honor and festival bands, and is the author of the highly regarded music education text, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (©2011, Oxford University Press). Watson was recognized by the Parkland School District in 2015 with a Parkland Pride Award for outstanding achievement, and in 2020 he was awarded the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 10 Citation of Excellence in Teaching Award.